Hyperlinks in Flash Player or Adobe Captivate demo not working

You have a SWF file, containing a hyperlink. You click the link but it doesn’t go to the URL it should be going. And you know for sure that the link is there! What’s up with Flash Player?

Go to this link, add a folder on your machine, and select always allow to trust the folder. Beginning with Flash Player 10.3, the Local Settings Manager supersedes this Online Settings Manager for managing global settings. The Local Settings Manager can be accessed in the Control Panel on Windows and in System Preferences on Mac.

You can test your Flash files say, output of Adobe Captivate project, by keeping them in a trusted folder. The default output folder in Captivate is already trusted by Flash Player.

Global security setting for Flash Player
Global security setting for Flash Player

Security settings in the Flash Player do not allow links in SWF file to be clicked. You must have noticed the following error when viewing SWF files.

Flash Player message

Imagine if scripts in flash file could (automatically) click hyperlinks in flash based advertisements, while you are surfing the net! It would become a usability and a security nightmare. This is just a default security settings which you can change.

Happy and safe surfing!